02 December 2014

fishermen boats on stamps





Date of Issue - 19 November 2014

Aruba Post has released a set of stamps depicting fishermen boats. A fishing boat is used to catch fish in the sea, or on a lake or river. Many different kinds of vessels are used in commercial, artisanal and recreational fishing. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) at the end of 2004, the world fishing fleet consisted of about 4 million vessels, of which 2.7 million were undecked (open) boats. While nearly all decked vessels were mechanized, only one-third of the undecked fishing boats were powered, usually with outboard engines. The remaining 1.8 million boats were traditional craft of various types, operated by sail and oars.

Prior to the 1950s there was little standardization of fishing boats. Designs could vary between ports and boatyards. Traditionally boats were built of wood, but wood is not often used now because it has higher maintenance costs and lower durability. Fiberglass is used increasingly in smaller fishing vessels up to 25 meters, while steel is usually used on vessels over 25 meters.

Recreational fishermen usually fish either from a boat or from a shoreline or river bank. When fishing from a boat, pretty much any fishing technique can be used, from nets to fish traps, but some form of angling is by far the most common. Compared to fishing from land, fishing from a boat allows more access to different fishing grounds and different species of fish.

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